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Eau Claire is more prepared to handle homelessness this winter

Eau Claire (WQOW)- It’s bitter cold outside as winter-like-weather has made its way to the Chippewa Valley and with the frigid temperatures, outside is no place for someone to call home.

Over at Hope Gospel Mission in Eau Claire, Brett Geboy, the community relations director, said in the winter their facility is always busier.

Geboy said they now have more room at their Hope Renewal Center for Men as they opened their new facility earlier this year, so they’re able to house more men battling drug and alcohol addiction long term.

He said they do have an emergency-stay program for homeless men and women, but there’s only limited space.

He said their Women and Infant Center is nearly complete and hopes to have that facility ready before winter is over.

“Currently we turn away two to three women who come to our door with children every month and we hope to open as soon as possible,” Geboy said.

Geboy said when they do have to turn people away they always provide other resources for them.

He said they hope to have the new Women and Infants Center open by mid-December.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee joined News 18 in February 2018 as a Multi-Media Journalist.

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